Book Review: Permutation City by Greg Egan

I’ve never read anything like this book and I’m fairly certain I never will again. Not for lack of trying but because books like Permutation City simply do not come around very often. Its reflections on artificial intelligence and the way humans interact with technology were well ahead of its original 1995 publication, and Egan paints a bleak and haunting ...

Book Review: Arky Steele: Guardian of the Tomb by E. Coombe

Arky Steele is no ordinary 12-year-old. He’s an adventurous, clever, polite boy with a passion for old relics. I initially had a hard time getting into the groove of the story mainly because the parent side of me was screaming ‘Don’t take your child on a dangerous mission when there’s a villain who wants to destroy you!’ But Arky’s passion for quests ...

Pamela Hewitt: Standing By Your Word

Ahead of her upcoming course at the NSW Writers' Centre, Professional Editing, Pamela Hewitt reflects on the roles (and complications) of being a thoroughly modern Editor. Example of marked up edited work Rules and linguistic patriotism Editors might start out feeling confident that the placement of apostrophes and hyphens is an exact science or that grammar is a matter of applying set rules ...

Book Review: Come a Little Bit Closer by Ian ‘Pee Wee’ Wilson

Ian ‘Pee Wee’ Wilson grew up on the beaches of the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, joined the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club as a teen, and found himself harmonising some lines with a couple of blokes in a bathroom (because the acoustics were better). It’s these kinds of quirky and heart-warming stories that make up Come a Little Bit Closer, ...

Spotlight On…Mitchell Hogan

When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and university thrown in. Along the way he accumulated numerous bookcases filled with fantasy and sci-fi novels and ...

Poetry Book Review: brush by joanne burns

joanne burns, a veritable stalwart of great Australian poetry, has once again proved her enduring capability for the unexpected in her latest collection of poetry, brush. Fittingly, the publication of brush has been assisted by an Australia Council Midlist Authors Grant, designed to showcase established Australian authors, such as burns, who have made an important contribution to Australian literature. Since her ...

Book Review: Whale in the Bath by Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellett

Whale in the Bath is Kylie Westaway’s debut picture book, illustrated by Tom Jellett (published by Allen & Unwin in 2014). Bruno finds himself in a spot of bother when his bath is taken over by a whale – not that anyone in the family believes him. After all, Bruno has a history of telling tales about unusual animals around ...

Celebrating Member Success

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have recently achieved incredible successes. They cover an array of genres from science-fiction to crime novels, short stories to poetry and biographical tales. Many are first-time novelists whilst others are celebrating being picked up by a publisher. Congratulations to you all, you are a reminder that with continued hard work and ...

Spotlight On…Amanda Ortlepp

Amanda Ortlepp has recently published her first book, Claiming Noah, with Simon & Schuster Australia. It is a story about parenthood, biology and love, set in the inner west of Sydney, where Amanda lives and works. She has attended several courses at the NSW Writers’ Centre and took part in the Mentorship Program where she worked on an early draft of ...

Book Review: The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

I opened this book with great interest and uncertainty about what would greet me. What I found was an intriguing look into the universe and science. Written using 707 of the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language, The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is is a clever and intriguing read. I ...

Interview: Alice Pung on Laurinda

A lawyer, teacher, writer and soon-to-be mother, Alice Pung thrives on juggling several things at the same time. But her passion for writing never wanes. Alice’s first book Unpolished Gem won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award. Her latest book Laurinda has been longlisted for the Stella Prize and shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards. Here she shares her ...

Celebrating Member Success

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have recently achieved amazing successes. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, and others have had their first book published. They are short story writers, children’s writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an inspiration to all of ...

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